Michael W Smith sings, "A friend's a friend forever if the Lord's the Lord of them . . . " The old hymn says, "What a friend we have in Jesus . . " The proverb says, "There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother . . ." (Pro 18:24) Jesus says, "Greater love … Continue reading Friend to the End
I thought about you today. Yes, you. I may not know your name, but I thought about you. You are a single parent trying to get yourself and children out the door for work and school. Just like yesterday, you know you forgot something. You see all these back to school posts, and wish deeply … Continue reading Thinking of You
They weren't here. I did not see them. I am looking at the list of "absentees" from worship this past month and like every month, I wonder, "why are they not attending regularly?" Is it the preaching? Is it our congregational singing? Are we not welcoming? Do they not feel important, needed, and appreciated? Do … Continue reading You Are Missed
Top Ten Human Relationship Tips (a.k.a Top Ten Ways to Make Friends or Keep Them). 10. Speak to people: There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting – Phil 1:3 9. Smile at people: Some suggest it takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile – Phil 4:8 8. Call … Continue reading How to Be Friendly
Something reminded me of him recently. A couple of things actually. First, as I was cleaning out a closet I thought of a winter coat he gave me and then I saw someone drinking his favorite soft drink – Diet Rite Pure Zero. I do not think he would mind if I told you what I know of … Continue reading Thinking of a Friend
Allow me to begin with some quotes about friendship I found somewhere through the years. So long ago that the source is lost - my apologies to the original compiler. Anyone can stand by you when you are right, but a friend will stand by you even when are wrong. A simple friend identifies himself … Continue reading Friendship – David and Jonathan
Rob and Lanetta would not consider themselves great neighbors, but they felt they were friendly. One morning they discussed how they could improve and concluded that they should make a better effort at being friendly. Later that month Lanetta noticed a moving van at the house across the street. Having baked a couple of loaves … Continue reading Showing Friendliness
Just this past week, Amy and I both read Dr. Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. Many people are recommending this book, and now I understand why. In our 22 years of marriage (08.12.1989 to the present) some of our friends' marriages struggled to live in love and … Continue reading Have You Told Them You Love Them?